San Diego-based producer Sascha Nowlin, aka Hotfire, has a knack for blazing through basslines likes it’s no one’s business. He recently stomped his way onto the IN / ROTATION catalog with a collab alongside Fantom Freq, “Stampede,” whose untamed groove went running wild on the third installment of the label’s ongoing ‘Rotate’ compilation. With the dust officially settling from his label debut, Hotfire is ready to dish out the heat once more via his standalone effort, ‘Think Back.’ The three track EP shows him taking cues from the earlier influences—ranging from the impossibly wonky and wobbly to the more raw and rubbery—which sees him paying tribute to his late production partner Eric Yandall, who was tragically taken from us too early last year.
“The ‘Think Back’ EP came to be from a culmination of memories I hold onto making music with my best friend Eric,” says Hotfire. “I tried to think back to the times we spent in the garage making tracks that we could groove to with no real goal, just having fun. Each track on the EP has a bit of a different style, pulling influence from types of tracks we’ve always enjoyed. From the harder bass sounds of ‘Burning The Ground’ to the wiggly wobble style of ‘Think Back’, and the repetitive vocal chop grooves that ‘Voodoo’ provides in between, there’s a little something for everyone in here.”